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Theater Features Archive

January 9, 2006
Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life

The Dancer's Life turns the story of Chita Rivera's life and career into a kind of meta-musical, with biography giving way to a mix of new and revived songs.

December 26, 2005
High-Kicker: Chita Rivera

"I remember saying to my daughter, 'Lisa, if you see me doing something absolutely absurd, if I lose my mind one day and have too much makeup or my skirt's too short, please tell your mother.'"

December 19, 2005

Sondheim killed as Broadway showed a taste for butchery—not to mention molestation. Cherry Jones flew high as a nun, while Ethan Hawke wallowed in self-destruction. Amid revivals and nostalgic musicals, some playwrights proved they could smartly tackle current events. And Doug Hughes directed everything.

December 12, 2005
Lone Star

Jennifer Jason Leigh plays an extroverted striver in Abigail’s Party. Now, that’s a stretch.

November 28, 2005
Influences: Edward Albee

Right now, I’m deeply enamored of a really bad show called That ’70s Show.

November 7, 2005
Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Fiona Apple is peaking, Didion’s backlash-proof Magical Thinking rides high, and The Squid and the Whale and Curb Your Enthusiasm suffer the cranky judgments of the very characters they themselves satirize.

November 7, 2005
Trouper: Edward Hall

"I’ve always loved Mannerism, non-naturalist aesthetics. My favorite painting in the world is The Scream. When The Winter’s Tale works well, it takes you into that arena."

October 31, 2005
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Sultry Idina Menzel heads back downtown and leaves her teenybopper fans behind.

October 31, 2005
Rising Son: Jason Ritter

"My dad showed me so much of himself, it's almost like there's a chip in my mind where I can access his memory."

October 31, 2005
What the Audience Really Thought about Rosie O'Donnell in 'Fiddler on the Roof'

"I think she's doing a good job. Well, I mean, you can pick up her little Rosie O'Donnell accent, for sure."

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